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Title: Gossip


1
Gossip
  • Why Do People Do It?

2
Definition of Gossip
  • Talk between two people about a third person who
    is not present about matters that the absent
    person would not like to have broadcast.

3
Subjects of Gossip
  • Sex
  • Infidelity
  • Money
  • Divorce
  • Family
  • Moral transgressions
  • Addictions

4
Who Gossips?
  • EVERYONE, IN ALL CULTURES, THROUGH TIME
  • Why Women Identified?
  • How men get a pass?

5
Gossip thy name is woman
  • Margaret G. Holland Philosopher
  • Gossip -A person who retails facts, rumors, and
    information of an intimate personal or
    sensational nature
  • Godsip--one who contracted spiritual affinity
    with another acting as sponsor at a baptism
  • Godparent-woman present at birth of child

6
Why Do People Gossip?
  • Revenge
  • To appear in the knowScoops
  • To reaffirm community standards
  • To humble the pretentious
  • To impress the listener
  • To psychoanalyze others behavior
  • To control others

7
Rumors vs. Gossip
  • Rumors are about events-
  • The plant is closing
  • Gossip is personal about people and their lives
  • George is having an affair with his secretary

8
Channels of Gossip Changed
  • Face-to-face gossip
  • Printed gossip Walter Winchell, Luella Parsons,
    National Enquirer
  • Mainstream Media Bill Clinton, John Edwards,
    Congressmen Larry Craig
  • Internet Sexting Rutgers student
    videoed-suicide

9
Consequences
  • Suicide
  • Defamation suits
  • Ruined marriages families
  • Ruined businesses
  • Ruined churches, communities,
  • Loss of Civility, trust, truth
  • Escalation of exposure/Invasion of privacy

10
Biblical Admonitions
  • Jewish law- as many as 31 of the 613 rules of law
    and ethics are violated through the act of gossip
  • A sin to initiate
  • A sin to repeat it
  • A sin to even listen to it
  • ( Joseph Epstein (2011). Gossip the Untrivial
    Pursuit. Boston Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

11
All Religions claim to abhor gossip
  • Judaism has codified this abhorrence. Lashon
    hara, or evil tongue, is a high ranking Jewish
    sin about which a great deal has been written.(
    Epstein, p.213)
  • I never repeat gossip, so listen carefully.
    (Liz Smith, from Epstein, p. 213)

12
How to Prevent Gossip
  • Dont cultivate/encourage it
  • Defend your friends or the victim
  • Dont pass it on
  • Focus upon improving your own life
  • Check references on gossip, busy bodies, judgment
  • Follow the Golden RuleDo unto others

13
Ogden Nash
  • There are two Kinds of People who
  • Blow through life like a breeze,
  • and one kind is gossipers
  • and the other kind is gossipees
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